Armintrout-Milbocker hike

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Our club will have its next hike on Tuesday, October 25th at 3:30 pm at the new Armintrout-Milbocker Preserve in Allegan. Parking for the preserve is at the end of Thomas Street, east of M-40. Follow this link for the location in Google Maps or see the map at the bottom of this page.

It should not take too long; the two trails combined are 2.2 miles. I haven’t had a chance to visit, but website says the trails are clearly marked. While It doesn’t seem like there is much climbing, I always take trekking poles. The ground may be wet and there is a chance of rain, so dress appropriately.

The Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy (SWMLC) will open this 140-acre preserve to the public on October 16. The trails wind through pine and hardwood forests, including a red oak five feet in diameter. Plant life on the site includes ten species that are either endangered or threatened in Michigan. There are scenic overlooks high above the river.

To fund this project, SWMLC received $1 million from the trustees administering a legal settlement with companies that polluted the Kalamazoo River. Another $100,000 came from the Consumers Energy Foundation.